Does Fixing An Overbite Change Face Shape?

Does Fixing An Overbite Change Face Shape?

Jan 03, 2022

Yes, fixing an overbite can change the shape of your face. Overbites make your face look asymmetric. Furthermore, they can cause discomfort, and they may also affect speech and make wearing dentures difficult. Overbite correction can be done with braces or surgery to shift the position of your upper jaw and bring the teeth into a corrected position. Our orthodontist will choose the most suitable treatment option based on the severity of the overbite.

What is An Overbite

Overbite is a condition where your lower jaw extends beyond the upper front teeth. Overbites typically develop because of an underdeveloped upper jaw or missing some adult teeth. This affects the position and size of your teeth and causes permanent damage to the gums and muscles. Overbites also make wearing dentures difficult. Overbite correction can be done with braces or surgery to shift the position of your upper jaw and bring the teeth into a corrected position.

What Causes Overbite?

Overbites typically develop when the upper jaw is smaller or some adult teeth have never come in. Overbite can also develop when a child’s bottom front teeth grow larger than their top ones, making the lower lip appear too small. Overbites caused by missing teeth require more complicated treatment and cannot be treated with braces alone.

Why Overbite Correction?

Overbite can cause problems like jaw pain, slurred speech, gum disease, and tooth wear. It can also cause some anxiety or self-consciousness in some people because they are more visible than other dental problems. Overbites can also lead to more serious dental problems, such as gum disease.

Overbites can be corrected with Invisalign aligners, braces, and retainers.

Overbite Treatment Options

Overbite treatment options depend on how severe the overbite is and what tooth or jaw structure needs to be altered.

For example, an overbite caused by crowded teeth may be treated by removing baby teeth to make room for adult teeth or using braces to move teeth into proper alignment.

Some of the treatment options include:

  • Braces 

Braces are a very popular orthodontic treatment because they can straighten teeth, remove spaces between teeth, and adjust the position of the lower jaw. Overbite is easily treated with braces if it is caused by missing or crooked adult teeth, but fixed braces are not used to change the size or shape of the face.

Two types of braces are available in correcting an overbite: Metal braces and Invisalign overbites.

Metal braces are the most common and traditional types of braces. They comprise a metal frame with ceramic brackets attached to teeth. The alignment of teeth is altered by tightening or loosening these metal wires with small screw-like devices. Over time, the process can correct severe overbites as well as underbites.

Clear plastic aligners or Invisalign are made from a flexible thermoplastic material. Over time, they gradually reposition your teeth into a straighter position. They provide an alternative to metal braces and allow you to straighten teeth without being embarrassed.

  • Surgery

If fixing teeth with braces is not possible, surgery can be done to correct the overbite. The surgery time frame will vary depending on which type of overbite surgery you need and bone structure.

How Braces Encourage Healthy Teeth and Gums

The two main functions of braces promote tooth movement and protect the teeth from excessive wear.

The metal braces guide the tooth’s natural inclination, ensuring that it moves in the right direction.

Braces encourage healthy teeth and gums by providing a rigid surface for brushing and flossing.

Can Braces Change the Shape of the Face?

Braces do not change the shape of the face. They move teeth, but they don’t grow new muscles or bones. Patients with braces are likely to experience facial changes during their treatment process.

Do Braces Cause Pain?

The increased pressure braces placed on teeth can also cause facial muscles to tighten. While braces are not known for causing significant discomfort, it is a common side effect of braces. Patients may experience some soreness or discomfort while wearing their braces, but once braces are off, most patients find that the tightness in the jaw goes away.

Invisalign orthodontists know that braces can cause facial muscles to tighten, and this tightening of the soft tissues may change the lower third of a patient’s face–the area from lips.

Contact Our Orthodontist in Taylor

Visit Toothopia Dental for more information about overbite and the most suitable treatment option.

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